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Women of the Union
     

Women of the Union

by Alice K. Flanagan, Rosemary G. Palmer (Consultant), Brett Barker (Consultant)
 

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During the American Civil War, women had limited opportunities and little political influence. But when thousands of women from Northern states offered their time and skills to support the war effort, they not only impacted the war but also transformed the role of women. Some daring women ventured to the battlefields to serve as nurses, doctors, cooks, and spies. Some

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During the American Civil War, women had limited opportunities and little political influence. But when thousands of women from Northern states offered their time and skills to support the war effort, they not only impacted the war but also transformed the role of women. Some daring women ventured to the battlefields to serve as nurses, doctors, cooks, and spies. Some even disguised themselves as men and secretly joined the Army. These women bravely faced the challenges of war and helped reshape the nation.

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Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
The American Civil War was one of the most turbulent wars in American history. The last war fought on American soil, it encompassed nearly all of the nation and changed the lives of everyone in the country. In a time when it was expected that women would be in charge of running the household and raising the children, women suddenly found themselves running businesses and caring for sick and wounded soldiers; it was her work during the Civil War that inspired Clara Barton to create the Red Cross. Women also acted as spies and it is estimated that hundreds of women disguised themselves as men and joined the army as well. This very brief look at how women responded to the Civil War provides numerous examples of how women did what was necessary during war time, but also serves to illustrate how dangerous the war was even for the civilian population. This title is part of the "We the People" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Though the vocabulary in these books is appropriate for the intended audience and the font size is inviting, the content suffers, as it is next to impossible to cover adequately any of these topics in so few pages. The descriptions of the conditions are accurate, but limited. Each spread is framed with dark borders that incorporate the book's title. Vintage photos, reproductions of drawings and paintings, and maps liberally illustrate the texts. Some information and photos are duplicated from one title to another, permitting them to stand alone. Unless material of this level is in high demand, these books should be only a secondary purchase, with the ones about women being the priority since this type of information is not as readily available.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756520359
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Capstone We the People Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Alice Flanagan has written more than 100 titles for children and teachers. Her books include holidays, phonics for beginning readers, career guidance, biographies of U.S. presidents and first ladies, and informational books about famous people and events in American history. Ms. Flanagan lives with her husband in Chicago, Illinois. As a writer/photographer team, they have published several books together. Their travels have taken them to many beautiful places and brought them many lifelong friends.

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